By Thom Henninger Colorado moved closer to a return to the playoffs Tuesday night, defeating Milwaukee in 11 innings to move three games up on Atlanta in the NL wild-card chase. When Chris Iannetta hit a two-run homer off David Weathers, Rockies manager Jim Tracy improved to 71-40 (.640) since replacing Clint Hurdle in late [...]
By Thom Henninger The Giants were tied with division rival Colorado for the NL wild-card berth at the start of September, but they had gone 5-7 this month heading into this week’s three-game set with the Rockies, which began Monday night.
By Elizabeth Finn Baseball is full of charming unpredictability. More difficult to handicap than football and divided into perilous increments of time and distance, America’s pastime is the ultimate unscripted drama. Though every attempt is made to predict its final outcome, 162 games leaves far too much room for unexpected misstep and triumph.
By James Bailey As hot as the Rockies have been lately, they own just the fourth best record in baseball since the All-Star break. The Yankees, who were three games behind Boston at the break, have gone on a sick tear since then, winning at a .755 clip (40-13). Their +92 run differential is the [...]
By Thom Henninger Two years ago at this time of year, Colorado manager Clint Hurdle led the Rockies to a remarkable 23-8 finish. They were 4.5 games behind in the National League wild-card race with two weeks to play, but they secured the final playoff berth with a stunning 14-1 surge that wrapped with come-from-behind [...]
By Thom Henninger Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound on Tuesday night with a string of seven consecutive quality starts, and the only major league pitchers with longer active streaks are Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals (10) and Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (8).
By Thom Henninger Going into the 2009 season, if anyone anticipated a National League West team claiming a wild-card berth, it certainly wouldn’t have been the San Francisco Giants or the Colorado Rockies. Yet, here it is, roughly 90 games into the campaign, and the 49-41 Giants are the wild-card leader. And just a half-game [...]
By James Bailey There were more than a few chuckles shared around the internet from Pirate and Dodger fans when Jim Tracy was tabbed to replace Clint Hurdle in an interim capacity as Rockies manager back on May 29. Colorado wasn’t a fashionable pick in a division where many expected the Dodgers and Diamondbacks to [...]
By Bill Begley When Albert Pujols returns home for a visit, it usually means a celebration that includes fireworks … by Pujols. And honestly, the Royals would probably celebrate if the St. Louis slugger never returned to the town where he went to high school.
By James Bailey Cleveland ace Cliff Lee flirted not only with major league history, but a coveted spot on the 3 Up list last night. While he lost his no-hit bid in the eighth inning, he did finish the game, holding the Cardinals to three hits in a 3-0 victory. Nice, but not quite enough [...]